Freds Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

Freds Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

by Brigette Barrager (Author)

An inspiring picture book biography about the inimitable Fred Rogers, beloved creator and star of Mister Rogers Neighborhood.Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Freds feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are. Fred grew up and created Mister Rogers Neighborhood, the television program that would go on to warm the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. But one day, the government threatened to cut funding for public television, including Freds show. So, Fred stepped off the set and into a hearing on Capitol Hill to make his feelings known. In a portrait full of warmth and feeling, Laura Renauld and award-winning illustrator Brigette Barrager tell the story of Mister Rogers: a quiet, compassionate hero whose essential message—that it is okay to have and to express feelings—still resonates today. This book is not associated with or authorized by Fred Rogers Productions.

"Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers" by Brigette Barrager is an inspiring and insightful biography that delves into the life and teachings of Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s television host and creator of the iconic show, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

The book traces Rogers’ journey from his early childhood experiences to his rise as a pioneer in educational television and a trusted friend to generations of children and families. Barrager skillfully weaves together personal anecdotes, historical context, and expert insights to paint a vivid portrait of a man who dedicated his life to nurturing kindness, empathy, and self-acceptance in children.

Readers will discover Rogers' unique approach to early childhood education, which emphasized the importance of emotional intelligence, respect, and unconditional love. They will also gain insight into the challenges and controversies he faced throughout his career, including his unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion in a time of great social change.

"Fred's Big Feelings" offers a poignant exploration of Rogers' personal life, shedding light on his struggles with depression and anxiety and his deep faith that guided him through difficult times. Barrager masterfully captures the essence of Rogers' enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on countless lives.

This captivating biography is a must-read for fans of Fred Rogers, educators, parents, and anyone interested in the power of empathy and kindness in shaping young minds. "Fred's Big Feelings" serves as a timeless reminder of Rogers' profound belief in the potential of every child and his enduring message of love, acceptance, and human connection.